By Shaun Grech
Drawing from long-term ethnographic paintings and perform in Guatemala, this incisive and interdisciplinary textual content brings in views from severe incapacity reports, postcolonial concept and significant improvement to discover many of the interactions and dynamics among incapacity and severe poverty in rural components.
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Extra info for Disability and Poverty in the Global South: Renegotiating Development in Guatemala
However, these flows are far from stable and are vulnerable to socio-economic and even environmental variables. , 2013). Migration in Guatemala is not only across country borders but also from rural to urban areas, a dynamic that has resulted in the proliferation of urban slums on the margins of the sprawling and crime-ridden metropolis of Guatemala City. A brief map of poverty and inequality With an estimated GDP per capita of US$5,300, Guatemala is considered a middle-income country, but aggregate figures such as these are not only erroneous, they are grossly deceptive in social terms in that they hide dramatic realities of a country marked by severe poverty, food insecurity, the most marked inequality in the world, violence and political turmoil.
Rural towns) and urban areas. This book, despite the token inclusion of urban settings, is focused on rural areas. These are realities that often remain hidden, are hardly known and are the subject of myths, even within Guatemala itself. Over the course of my research and practice, I have also interviewed 35 family members and 27 community members in an effort to frame and build upon disability narratives and generate a more nuanced picture, but especially to give these people a voice too. Much of my research is, in fact, conducted at the household level.
The following excerpt is illustrative: Ignorance, fear of impairment and negative attitudes about disabled people mean that they are marginalised and excluded from opportunities for human development. (Barron and Ncube, 2010a) Discourse such as this ignores or devalues the existence of positive treatment and protection, stripping the Southern subject of choice, freedom, agency and even humanity. Differential experiences and local forms of resilience and care, agency and even resistance are often buried deep as contexts (places and spaces), cultures, peoples and histories (temporalities) continue to be simplified and essentialised or framed through a minority world view.